Is the case against Harvey Weinstein unraveling?
- New York (CNN) - Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie mogul whose alleged sexual assaults sparked the international #MeToo movement, may be sentenced to a lifetime of shame and ridicule.
- The case against Weinstein is "unraveling," high profile defense attorney and CNN legal analyst Mark Geragos says, citing the infighting between the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York Police Department as one of the main reasons he believes the Weinstein case won't go to trial.
- The NYPD encouraged the public to call in tips related to Weinstein to the Crime Stoppers hotline, and investigators cast their nets wide with police investigating sexual assault accusations in New York, Los Angeles and London.
- Despite credible claims, recent missteps by the former lead detective handling the New York sex crimes investigation against Weinstein highlight his defense attorney's position that the investigation is flawed.
Carl Icahn comes out swinging against Dell's $21.7 billion VMware deal that could see it return to the stock market
- Two months after disclosing a $535 million investment in both Dell and it's recently acquired tracking stock, VMware, Carl Icahn announced Monday he has upped his stake in the tracking stock to more than 8% — or over $2 billion.
- The billionaire activist investor, now VMware's second-largest shareholder, published a scathing letter bashing the proposed $21.7 billion buyout by Dell that could make the computer giant publicly traded once again.
- The true value of VMware should be $144, according to Icahn, who maintains the deal in its current form values the company at closer to $94.
- VMware holders shouldn't agree to the deal "unless it contains a very, very substantial increase," Icahn said.
- As a tracking stock, VMware's financial information is reported separately from Dell’s private books, but offer holders no equity stake in the subsidiary business unit.
- VMware holders will receive 1.3665 shares of the new stock for every one they own.
Update on Structured Concurrency
- Finally, I would like to point out Aleksey Kladov's blog post "Exceptions vs Structured Concurrency" which goes beyond simple "let's tie thread lifetimes to lexical scopes!" agenda and discusses some hard questions of the actual semantics implied by structured concurrency paradigm.
- If we canceled the connections in a simple for loop, the shutdown of the server would take, in the worst case, 1000 seconds, i.e. more than 16 minutes.
- If, on the other hand, there was a construct to cancel the connections in parallel, the server would shut down in just one second.
- It would need people with enough free time and enthusiasm to deal with the complexity and maybe also some political will to change standard libraries in such a way that they play well with structured concurrency.
An Arkansas court quietly ruled that truck drivers need to be paid minimum wage even when they're not driving on the job — here's what it means for drivers around the country
- The court ruled against PAM Transport, an Arkansas trucking company founded in 1980, after the firm was named in a class action suit for alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal law that requires employers to pay truck drivers at least minimum wage.
- It's a move that speaks to other court cases appearing around the country in favor of ensuring truck drivers are paid for every hour they spend on the road.
- Justin Swidler, the attorney representing the truck drivers in the PAM case, told Business Insider that truck drivers might also spend hours or days not driving because they are waiting for shipments.
- In 2015, PAM paid truckers $3.45 million in a similar settlement concerning a class action suit by employees who alleged PAM didn't pay them minimum wage.
Russian national charged with attempting to interfere in 2018 midterms
- Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, Russia, is charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States for managing the financing of the social media troll operation that included the Internet Research Agency, which special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators charged with crimes earlier this year.
- Prosecutors who unsealed the complaint Friday say she aided the Russian effort to "inflame passions" online related to immigration, gun control and the Second Amendment, the Confederate flag, race relations, LGBT issues, the Women's March and the NFL National Anthem debate from December 2016 until May 2018.
- The criminal charge says the Russians' online manipulation effort focused on multiple political viewpoints and candidates, but frequently zeroed in on the Republican Party's most well-known leaders.
- Russian company Concord Management and Catering's not guilty plea in the election propaganda case was an unusual pushback on these types of indictments.
U.S. Charges Russian for Conspiracy to Interfere in Elections
- The charges come as top U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies warn Americans about ongoing efforts by Russia, China and other foreign actors to interfere in the 2018 midterm and 2020 presidential elections.
- The case appears to be an outgrowth of a larger case filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in February, accusing Prigozhin and others of interfering in the 2016 election by pushing divisive social media campaigns that attacked Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
- Of all the legal challenges that have been filed against Mueller so far by other defendants in his Russia probe, Concord’s attack on the special counsel’s charges is the first that appears to have a realistic chance of succeeding.
- A criminal complaint against Khusyaynova does not include any allegation that the conspiracy had an effect on the outcome of a U.S. election.
Billionaire AOL cofounder Steve Case says he waited 10 years for the moment he realized his company was a success
- America Online became iconic in the 1990s, helping to make browsing the internet part of everyday life for millions of Americans.
- "It was easily a decade after we got started," that he felt like his company was a success, he said, and it was on a day when AOL was down and the country freaked out.
- It seemed like a wild idea at the time, and he didn't nearly have the skills or resources available yet to make it happen, but he knew that he had to help make it happen.
- Case told us that, as the CEO of AOL (the name change happened in 1991), the day "where it just felt like we arrived," happened in 1996.
- Case said, "the headline in almost every newspaper in the country was that AOL was down, and it was striking because it was only a few years before that nobody knew or cared what we were doing.
Oppo O-Free review: the $100 AirPods for Android
- The combination of well-designed case, excellent battery life, and seamless software (with iOS, at least) makes them the wireless earbuds to beat.
- They’re the first product to use a new Qualcomm chipset called the QCC3026, which is designed to make it cost-effective for manufacturers to include wireless earbuds alongside phones.
- But the design does allow for a smaller case and makes the buds more comfortable and practical to leave in your ears throughout the day, which is actually one of my favorite things about both products.
- The O-Frees aren’t as good as AirPods, but they don’t cost anywhere near as much, and “free” would be even better.
- As a standalone product, though, I can’t wholeheartedly recommend them unless you happen to use an Oppo phone and would value the smooth software integration, or if you just want something as close to $100 AirPods as possible.
Man confesses to 30-year-old killing. Police say he is a suspect in more deaths
- Regis Brown, 59, admitted to killing Bryce Kenneth Tompkins, 45, whose body was found by hunters partially submerged in Neshannock Creek in Lawrence County in December 1988, authorities said.
- Trooper Joseph Vascetti, criminal investigator for the Pennsylvania State Police, said he believes Brown confessed because he's already serving a life sentence, and had nothing to gain or lose by continuing to keep the secret.
- Brown and the second man planned to kill Tompkins because they believed he would tell police of the burglary, Vascetti said in court papers.
- Brown was identified as a suspect for years but never admitted to the killing, Vascetti said.
- In March, Brown had gotten into a heated argument with his stepdaughter hours before he stabbed and beat her to death, Vascetti said.
- Brown was sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of his wife and was given 40 years for his stepdaughter's death, Hackwelder said.
This startup lets you use your own photos to create a custom iPhone case for a little as $29
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